In 2001, Portland built the nation’s first modern-day streetcar: the sleek and modern Portland Streetcar. The original line, now known as the NS line, travels through downtown from Portland State University to the Nob Hill neighborhood via the popular shopping and dining area of the Pearl District.
A second line, known as the Central Loop or CL line, opened in 2012, adding 3.3 miles and 28 stops to the original line. The extension line crosses the Willamette River at the Broadway Bridge and heads south through the Lloyd District, Rose Quarter (home to the Blazers), Oregon Convention Center and the dynamic Central Eastside neighborhood before making a stop at OMSI.
Hours & frequency
The streetcar operates from 5:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday. The streetcar runs approximately every 15 minutes. Arrival times are posted on real-time electronic signs at most streetcar stops. View a more detailed schedule.
Fares & how to pay
- A two-hour adult streetcar ticket costs $1 and can be purchased onboard any streetcar.
- An all-day adult streetcar pass costs $5 and can be purchased onboard any streetcar.
- You can also buy TriMet tickets onboard the streetcar. These tickets are valid on MAX light rail trains and TriMet buses, as well as the streetcar, and cost $2.50 for two hours or $5 for all-day.
- Fare boxes on the streetcars accept coins and $1 and $5 dollar bills.
- Tickets purchased on TriMet buses and MAX light rail are accepted on the streetcar.
- Yellow validator boxes on the cars can be used to validate pre-purchased TriMet tickets.